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Delhi govt gives nod to Ramlila events, Durga Puja pandals with Covid restrictions | Details


Delhi government on Sunday passed an order allowing Ramlila events and Durga Puja pandals in the national capital. The events will have to be organised with strict implementation of Covid-19 SOPs of the Centre and the Delhi government.

An artist gives final touches to an idol of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja. (Photo: PTI)

Delhi government on Sunday issued a formal order allowing Ramlila and Durga Puja pandals in the national capital. However, no food stalls, rallies, exhibitions or processions will be allowed until October 31, inside or outside any venue or pandal.

It will be mandatory for organisers to obtain permission from the district magistrates of their respective areas to conduct any festival-related event.

Permission of any event will be granted by the district magistrate and the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of a particular area only after full inspection, the Delhi government order said.

In closed spaces, events will be allowed with only 50 per cent capacity, not exceeding 200 people, while in outdoor events, the number of people permitted will be determined strictly based on the social distancing norms.

The event organiser will have to keep separate gates for entry and exit and no person will be allowed entry without a mask.

According to the Delhi government order, the data of all such events will be kept by the district magistrate and the compiled data of entire Delhi will remain with the divisional commissioner.

The district magistrate will appoint a nodal officer for every Ramlila event or Durga Puja pandal. The DCP of an area will also appoint a nodal officer. The two officers will ensure strict compliance of the orders issued by the government.

Every event organiser or committee will have to make a video recording of their event. This video recording will have to be from the beginning of an event till its end every day. A soft copy of the entire video recording will have to be shown to the administration following which a certificate will be issued stating that Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) of the government of India and the government of Delhi have not been violated.

The district magistrates will also provide sample video recordings to the event organisers to ensure that the rules are followed.

The district magistrates and DCPs will sign the certificate to be given to the event being allowed in every district and send it to the Chief Secretary and state the status of the guidelines.



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